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Robert Koch has been interested in art all his life. One of his earliest memories is of putting crayons in a heater vent just to watch the colors melt and flow down the wall. A trip to Japan when he was 20 had a lasting impact; the colors, the light, the graphic quality of the written language and the natural designs one finds throughout Japanese daily life imprinted on his sensibility. His current paintings are from snapshots of anonymous people. For Koch, a successful painting is not only compositionally strong, but also has a story to tell and if a painting makes him laugh or smile... then he knows he has done what he set out to do.